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Administration – it’s not as straight forward as it ought to be

This is a story that shouldn’t have to be told. What should be a straight forward affair once the seemingly essential paperwork is done, then people like Muriel Porter should be able to rest easy that she has done all … Continue reading

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Authors speak about how a fear of death has played out over human history

It’s all well and good to read the book, but it’s also good to have the opportunity to her from the authors. This edition of Big Ideas from ABC Radio National provides us with that. Paul Barclay is our host. … Continue reading

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Keep in mind that the end could come at any time

There is a philosophy as old as the hills. Well not that old. Two thousand five hundred is not in the millions which is the age of the hills, but it’s a long time in human history. So it is … Continue reading

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Return to the earth as a tree

In:What Tree Will You Be When You Die?, Georgina Reid (Wonderground 26.11.2019), she speculates on the various options available to us when we die if our wish is to be a little closer to the earth than is normally the … Continue reading

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Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill – the process

The new VAD laws for NSW won’t come into effect for another 12 months – November 2023. When they do, how will they be applied? What will be the process for accessing them? Here is a flow chart of the … Continue reading

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A tower of strength for nature dies at 84

It’s been a sad day for us at Die-alogue Cafe. We have learned that Herman Daly the father of ecological economics died on 28 October 2022. He was 84. Tributes have been posted in newspapers and online around the world. … Continue reading

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To die of old age – something you can’t do in NSW

It’s official. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, the late Queen of the UK has died of old age. We know so, because that’s what is stated on the Death Certificate at item 10: Cause of Death: Old Age. Good on the … Continue reading

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Getting on with it – for the sake of those who come next

Here we go again. Another report that tells the same old story of Australians not getting on with getting properly prepared for their end-of-life trip. Rather than go on with another notation of why we need to pay attention to … Continue reading

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Pushing back against denial – the Death Cafe approach

Talking about death was once normal, then it became un-normal – taboo – with the advent of what is now a death denying society. But the pushback is gaining momentum. In: Tassie Death Cafe helps visitors come to terms with … Continue reading

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Normalising grief, a normal response to death and loss

A lot a attention is given to grief as if it deserves more consideration than other aspects of life. But does it and should it? In: A Beginner’s Guide to Grief: joy and sadness belong together in this new Australian … Continue reading

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